Anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating are the most well-known eating disorders, but "pregorexia," "drunkorexia" and even plain old picky eaters are getting plenty of media attention these days.
Why these disorders persist isn't easy to pin down. Extreme thinness as a cultural ideal, poor self esteem and stressful events or changes in life are thought to be some of the reasons.
The Health Notes blog of the Newport News Daily Press will convene an online chat that's open to all from 9 to 10 a.m. PDT Wednesday to answer questions about eating disorders.
The panel includes Kathleen MacDonald, education and prevention coordinator of the FREED Foundation, which works to eradicate eating disorders; Marya Hornbacher, author of “Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia"; and Emily McMillen, a William & Mary college student and president of Student CARES Team, which works to promote a healthy lifestyle and body image on campus.